05-22-2013 Inner Circle

05-22-2013 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 05-22-2013


By rare, I mean at least to me they are rare to find at this point in time.

One is the diecast console upper plate for the Turbo Regals. I don’t recall ever having a new one of these at any time in the past. It comes complete with the GM applique on it, and the shifter indicator lens is also on it. In checking the GM part number, in 1987 this console plate listed for $68.75. I do not see the part number in my later 2001 GM price book. This means the part has been out of the GM system for well over a dozen years or more.

PHOTO 1 - Here is a photo of the brand new GM original console diecast upper plate. GM simply refers to it as a "plate." The box it comes in is alongside it.

Equally as rare to find today, brand new and still in the GM box, would be a pair of the front grey padded molded armrests that attached to the door panels. For some strange reason, I can’t find that part number in either my 1987 GM Price Book or the 2001 GM Price book. As many of you realize, interior items had a very short life span in the GM parts system.

PHOTO 2 - We show both left and right brand new grey padded molded armrest with the factory GM boxes. The tag on the one box shows a 9-14-89 date. This would be the date of purchase. (A coincidence as my birthday is that same month and day 9-14!) Maybe I should play the lottery?

In most cases, on discontinued items it's usually hard to find a pair or set of anything still brand new GM. Usually you find only one side.

PHOTO 3 - Shows two unique wrecked Grand Nationals sitting at Richard Clark's complex in Burlington, North Carolina. He refers to these as "matching bookends." The car in the top photo you can clearly see took a major hit by a telephone pole or a tree in the driver's door. In the lower photo, which was a T-Top example, the car took a major hit in the passenger's door, either by a telephone pole or a tree. In either case, a telephone pole or tree are virtually unmoveable objects!


It's said that everyone makes mistakes. The exception is banks, from what I am told.

One company that makes mini diecast toy cars is Racing Champions. Back in 1999 they did a 24K gold car marking Motor Trend's 50th Anniversary. They did a limited run of 9,999, according to the package. Each car was numbered on the bottom with a serial number as well. This serial number can’t be seen until it is removed from the package.

The mistake is in the packaging of this particular 24K gold example. The car is clearly a Turbo Regal and even has the bump on the hood. Yet the large nameplate they packaged with the car says "Chevrolet," complete with the bowtie logo. Even the GM license agreement on the back only says Chevrolet and Dodge and makes no mention of Buick.

PHOTO 4 - Here is the 50th Anniversary Racing Champions 24K Gold Chevrolet? Being a special edition, one would think someone would have checked who had a working knowledge of what certain car models look like before the final packaging in China was done! Regardless, I don’t think having a stash of these will bring you much fortune in years to come. Better off having one of those postage stamps with the inverted airplane or a Honus Wagner baseball card. They claim 57 of his baseball cards exist. Perhaps you can find the 58th card? The stamp was issued in 1918 only 100 slipped out to the public. One recently fetched just a tad over half million dollars. Both of those mistakes are a proven and sought after items. Also both offer a good return based on their original selling price!


I just been informed by Jim Chaudrue that the MAGNA CLUB will be the "Featured Car Club" at GM at Carlisle in the weekend of June 21st through the 23rd. They will have a 20’ x 20’ tent. They want to see a good showing of Turbo Regals at this year's GM at Carlisle. No reason other GM clubs should out number Turbo Buicks. So, if there are any local Turbo Buick guys going, register under MAGNA, and you can hang out with them at their tent.

Carlisle is an excellent location for a car event. Also, because I am a guest speaker, they are giving me a special vendor spot near the buildings. We will have a small array of our parts available. Any parts you have to trade or cores for a Letter of Credit, be sure to bring them. This is my first time for giving two different seminars in one day.


Once again we find ourselves needing original stock AC Delco correct 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air flow sensors. The housing CANNOT be broken. Screens are not important. Each one that meets these requirements is worth $25 in Letter of Credit to us. Help us help other owners keep their cars original.


Here is a link to the videos we currently have up on YouTube:


Our supplier for the Buick T-shirts we offer is not renewing their contract with GM.

We have the following T-Shirts available. You must call our office - 215-766-1611 - to place your order.

Once our current supply is gone, there will NOT be any more.

#7058 - GM Licensed - Turbo Regal - “TURBO TIME” Buick T-Shirt - size LARGE - Only 29 available in LARGE - $15 each.

Here is the "TURBO TIME" T-shirt on our website:

#7226 - 1984-1987 BUICK -
GM Licensed “BUICK TRI-SHIELD” T-Shirt - size LARGE - Only 2 available - $15 each
#7227 - 1984-1987 BUICK -
GM Licensed “BUICK TRI-SHIELD” T-Shirt - size EXTRA LARGE LARGE - Only 1 available at $15

Here is the "BUICK TRI-SHIELD" T-shirts on our website:

#7224 - 1984-1987 Grand National -
GM Licensed “GRAND NATIONAL” T-Shirt - size LARGE
 - Only 7 available. The price is $15 each.

Here is the "GRAND NATIONAL" T-shirt on our website:

These prices are slightly less than the normal retail.

Remember, you MUST call our office to place your order with this special pricing (does not include Shipping.)


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

With many owners replacing the rear main seal or oil pump, we now offer the Fel-Pro molded rubber silicone gasket. This is the same gasket Richard Clark uses and recommends. It is specifically molded for the turbo engine oil pan.

Gasket comes with plastic alignment pins.

NOTE - We also offer another gasket, Part #6771, 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Cork Oil Pan Gasket. This is known as the Duttweiler cork oil pan gasket, which is also a good one to use if you prefer cork.

7500 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Molded Rubber Oil Pan Gasket - $14.95

Here is a link to this Oil Pan Gasket on our website:

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

For the serious racer that wants to eliminate the EGR system, this is the part you will need to block off the EGR valve on the stock intake. The delete (block-off) plate is made in billet aluminum with a finned top surface. It comes with a button-head stainless bolt and washer.

This part is actually made for us by the same Turbo Buick racer who makes the Scanmaster Mounting Bracket, Part #7496.

7497 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - EGR Delete Plate & Mounting Hardware Kit - 19.95

Here is a link to this EGR Delete Plate on our website:


This “CAUTION - 120 MPH” decal is bright yellow with the words “CAUTION: ALL WINDOWS MUST BE CLOSED FOR SPEEDS IN EXCESS OF 120 MPH” in black, and measures about 2-3/4" x 1". Decals are sold as a pair.

Decal has a self-adhesive backing to be affixed to the exterior windows. Decal was sized to fit in the side windows, but could be used anywhere.

Our second photo shows this decal affixed to a side window on a car.

Decal would also be a great addition for any race car.

7498 - “CAUTION - 120 MPH” Decals (2) - $2

Here is a link to this Caution – 120 mph Decal on our website:

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This “HIGH OUTPUT V6” decal is silver metallic gray. The art is diecut and has a self-adhesive backing to be affixed to the exterior. Each decal measures 9-7/8" x 5/8" and are sold as a pair.

The type style is similar to the original 3.8 SFI TURBO emblem used on the car, as shown in our second photo.

Decal was designed to be the same size as the 3.8 SFI emblems. It’s a clever decal to put on each side of the hood scoops, but could be used anywhere.

Decal would also be a great addition for any car show display sign.

7499 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - “HIGH OUTPUT V6” Decals (2) - $4

Here is a link to this High Output V6 Decal on our website:

for Any Buick Turbo Regal Steering Column

This clever product was actually developed and made by a Turbo Regal owner that races his Turbo Regal. It is fabricated in aluminum and designed to sit across the top area of your steering column. Attached to the arched base part is a flat part that your Scanmaster sits on.

The end result is your Scanmaster is directly in front of you in your line of vision. Even after a year of racetrack testing, this bracket didn’t come loose. Each bracket comes with easy-to-follow directions.

A nice custom mounting technique for the popular Scanmaster for your Turbo Regal.

7496 - Scanmaster Mounting Bracket
for any Buick Turbo Regal Steering Column - $29.95

Here is a link to this Bracket on our website:


4TH ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Lebanon Valley Dragway, Lebanon, NY - Gates open at 8 am

Participants in all Buick classes must be Buick powered. Sponsored by the GS Northeast GS/GN Club, Inc. For more information, call 518-794-7130 or call 845-528-GSGN (Ask for John.)

GM AT CARLISLE - June 21st thru 23rd, 2013 -
Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle, PA

GM at Carlisle is held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Turbo Regal.

I have signed on to conduct two seminars on Saturday, June 22nd. The first seminar is 10 am on Saturday and it will be on Hurst. The second seminar is on Turbo Buicks and it is held at 2 pm Saturday. So, mark your calendar.

Carlisle, as many of you know, puts on some of the largest car shows and swap meets in the USA and has done so for over 25 years. It is centrally located in Pennsylvania, just west of Harrisburg, PA and minutes off the PA Turnpike and Route 81. I hope to see may of you there. Its a tremendous facility.

Check out their website for more details.

BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP BLOCK PARTY - Hebron, Ohio - August 2nd & 3rd, 2013 -

The 2013 BPG Event will be at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, Friday, August 2nd and Saturday August 3rd.

The Host Hotel will be the Newark Metropolitan. For reservations, call the hotel direct - 740-322-6455. Use the code " BUICK 2013" to get special price when booking online.

There will be a Cruise In Thursday and Friday night. The city is blocking off the street in front of Hotel for the Cruise In. There will also be a live band in the parking lot Friday night.

For more information visit their website:

or contact Sean Ryder at [email protected]

EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS - Cecil County Dragway, MD - September 20th & 21st, 2013 -

The East Coast Buick Regionals are held at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland. Saturday, the 21st, features a judged car show for all Buick-powered cars.

For more info, contact Doug Doughtery at 302-653-2201 or email - [email protected], John Csordas 914-447-6068 or email - [email protected]

The website is - tristategsclub.com


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - [email protected]


Got any turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. Simply email me a list - [email protected]

Also, we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.

NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE - We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - [email protected]


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] - I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again. Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or may not remember who requested the item.


At GM at Carlisle I will be conducting 2 seminars on Saturday, June 22nd. The first seminar on Hurst at 10 am Saturday and at 2 pm I will be conducting the seminar on Turbo Regals. This is only a few weeks away.